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Vijay's lawsuit against Tour 'moving forward'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On June 19 a New York Supreme Court judge ruled on a wide range of discovery requests in Vijay Singh’s lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

Since that ruling, there has been no further movement in the case which has prompted speculation that the two sides had reached a settlement.

On Saturday, one of Singh’s attorneys confirmed that no settlement has been reached.

“We are moving forward,” Memphis-based attorney Jeff Rosenblum told GolfChannel.com.

Rosenblum explained that the lull in the legal wrangling is part of the normal ebb and flow of a lawsuit, and the two sides continue to prepare for a status conference on Oct. 7 before judge Eileen Bransten.

In June, Bransten ruled that any information regarding “the PGA Tour’s treatment of other golfers who were suspected of using substances that are banned” were “material and necessary” to Singh’s case along with any information regarding IGF-1, the substance that is banned by the Tour which the Fijian admitted to taking.

Bransten, however, did not agree with all of Singh’s requests, including a broad demand for “all documents and communications related to any positive test by any golfer.”

Specifically, Singh’s attorneys had requested information involving five Tour players, including Dustin Johnson, but Bransten ruled that those requests must be limited to only the “alleged use of IGF-1.”

Last Thursday, Johnson announced he was “taking a leave of absence form professional golf, effective immediately,” and the next day Golf.com reported that he had been suspended for six months following a third failed drug test.

Citing an unnamed source, the Golf.com report said Johnson has failed three drug tests, first in 2009 for marijuana and again in 2012 and this year for cocaine.

The Tour responded with the following statement, “With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr. Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour.”

Rosenblum declined to speculate on Johnson’s leave of absence or the Golf.com report, saying only, “My heart goes out to Dustin and I wish him the best of luck. When you look at the big picture this suit is about transparency, but I’m not going to make any assumptions until there is some concrete evidence. We don’t know yet until we find out the details, and we may never find out the details.”

Singh is tied for 17th at the PGA Championship following rounds of 71-68.